Welcome to the Ian Heydon website.
After two decades of scribbling jokes and other stuff for radio and television in Australia, picking up a few awards and a reasonable living along the way, Ian relocated to Vanuatu for a year when his wife, Annie, was offered a job teaching at Port Vila International School.
That year turned into three – a rewarding challenge for Annie, an adventure for the children, James and Laura, and the opportunity for Ian to write some backburner stuff that looked like it would never be written.
He also continued to write about travel and, after that time in the tropics, returned to Australia to rediscover the country through the eyes of a tourist. That journey resulted in the travel book, The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore, 2003). In 2003 Ian set up Small Guide Travel, a licensed travel agency specialising in arranging holidays, honeymoons and weddings in the South Pacific. In tandem he kept dabbling in writing comedy and, in 2016, returned to pretty much full-time scribbling and part-time consulting to the travel company, Tropical Holiday Deals.
There are a number of projects in the pipeline including a couple of situation comedies, a movie and a documentary/book to coincide with the centenary of the conflict on the Western Front and the end of World War One, called The Pink Telegram.
Oh, and there was that pesky Multiple Sclerosis thing. It was diagnosed in 2010 and that was part of the motivation to return to creative writing. It also led to a planned situation comedy called Grumpy & the Gimp that has someone with MS as one of the lead characters. Will keep you posted!